11th November 2016

  • An amazing performance yesterday evening from our Year 10 Drama students, delivering the challenging text “DNA”. It was a captivating event and received a standing ovation from the audience. Superb!
  • This week we have hosted 30 principals from Delhi, India.  The principals are on a ten day professional development visit to the UK funded by the Delhi education department.  The visit is being co-ordinated by the University of Cambridge and we were delighted to be asked to provide the school visit aspect of the trip as an example of outstanding education in the UK.  Students and staff have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the visitors and comparing education here and in India.
  • As always we will observe the Armistice Day silence in remembrance of the fallen. As a school we line up in tutor groups on the Bateson Road playground, to listen to the Last Post and a reading of a World War One poem. It is a very moving and thought-provoking moment.
  • We now have eight Cambridge University students in the Maths Department, tutoring 105 Chesterton students in Maths during lunch and after school.  This is the best take up we have ever had for the tuition program and shows how seriously our students are taking their Maths at Chesterton.  There are still a few places left for Year 9, 10 and 11 students.  Please contact Mr Kelly via e-mail if you think your child will benefit from some small group maths tuition: stating their year group, maths group and preferred day and times.
  • We have received PTA funding for the UK Maths Challenge this year so that all Set 1 and Extension Maths Sets can participate.  The first one for Years 9, 10 and 11 will take place in February.  Year 7 and 8 will have their challenge in April.  There will also be a Year 8/9 team challenge in January at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences.
  • Funding has also been received for the Go4Set project.  We have participated in this project for the last two years and have walked away with silverware on both occasions! Four teams of six Year 8/9 students will be assigned an “Industry Mentor” who will visit them over a ten week period (Mid Jan to end of March), to advise them on inventing a new “thing” for use in school.  They have to put together a presentation which they will deliver, Dragon’s Den style in April at the final in Luton, to three captains of Industry.  They will also compile a report and a display, as well as (hopefully) producing a prototype of their invention.  We particularly like to encourage female students to participate in this STEM project.  Students may also qualify for a STEM Crest award.
  • Year 10 are continuing with mentor meetings this week, which help them to explore how they are coping with life in school.
  • All students had an assembly on anti-bullying as part of “Anti-bullying week”.
  • We have now set up our whole school reading programme during tutor time. Each house has a different book; a copy of this book is given to each tutor and the tutor reads to the tutor group every Monday morning. It is proving to be very popular.
  • The number of parents logging into the CRS is continuing to grow. Please do activate your account as soon as possible.
  • International choir is going really well…. we have a few more rehearsals before our performance on November 24th at 7.30pm. You are welcome to join us! Please contact Helen Briggs or Sarah Adams.

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